To most people, he’s known simply as Dustin Basks.
To his brothers and family members, he’s ‘Superman’.
And, to his Claremore Zebra teammates and coaches, he’s their ‘Playmaker’.
No matter what, though, he represents one of the top 12 football athletes in the Green Country area, according to NewsOn6 and Bob Hurley Ford.
A week ago, Basks joined 12 other finalists for the Bob Hurley Ford/NewsOn6 Football Banquet in Tulsa.
It was there that Basks, his mother Bridgett Cox, his uncle Ballie Basks and Claremore head football coach Rob Gilbreath saw how important that Basks is to the Zebra football program.
Throughout the season, Gilbreath referred in numerous interviews that (Dustin) Basks was the MVP of this team.
At the end-of-the-year Zebra football banquet, Basks received the ‘Team MVP’ award voted on by his teammates and coaches.
“Dustin’s one of those players that allows us to use him in a variety of ways,” Gilbreath said after Basks’ 3-touchdown performance against Coweta.
It was on that night — in Claremore’s 31-24 win over Coweta — that Basks garnered the attention of Bob Hurley Ford and NewsOn6.
The 5-foot-8, 155-pound two-way starter accounted for three touchdowns and recovered a game-turning fumble.
* Basks caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brinley Brown.
* Basks raced 34 yards untouched for a touchdown in the Zebras’ ‘Wildcat’ package.
* Basks electrified the crowd with a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that opened the third quarter.
All three touchdowns showcased the talent and importance that Basks brings to the Zebra football team as they transition into Class 6A Division II in 2014.
Basks capped off his junior year with impressive statistics — 19 carries, 160 yards, 2 TDs; 44 catches, 861 yards, 9 TDs; 3 interceptions and 4 fumble recoveries; 2 blocked field goals; 13 kickoff returns for 474 yards and 7 punt returns for 257 yards.
Simply put, Basks’s football skills and savvy play-making moves are ‘magnificent’.
“I’m glad ‘No. 7’ is on our team,” Gilbreath said earlier this year.
And, so is the rest of Claremore.
Claremore’s Basks finalist for NewsOn6 Award
To most people, he’s known simply as Dustin Basks.
'Twice as Nice'
When it comes to the 3A State Tournament and Oklahoma City, the Verdigris High School basketball teams are a household name.
Head coaches Randy Upshaw and Mike Buntin lead their programs back to the 'Capitol City' this week for a chance to hoist the coveted 3A state championship on Saturday night at the Big House.
Cards fly into 3A State Tournament
Verdigris junior guard Cade Upshaw lives for March Madness.
The 5-foot-10 sharp-shooter overcame a sluggish performance in a loss to Tahlequah Sequoyah to bounce back for a 20-point outing in the Cardinals’ 72-42 win over Antlers Saturday evening in the Class 3A Area Tournament at Checotah Event Center.
CLASS 4A AREA TOURNEY: Vinita eliminates Inola
Vinita used an 18-point third quarter — highlighted by the sophomore leadership of Carsyn Spurgeon — and converted 21-of-34 free throws to notch a 61-55 win over the Inola Lady Longhorns Saturday night in the Class 4A Area Tournament.
‘Soaring to State’
In the hometown of Carrie Underwood, Verdigris senior point guard Baileigh O’Dell proved to be Oklahoma’s ‘Basketball Idol’ in Class 3A Girls Basketball.
The 5-foot-8 floor general put the No. 4-ranked Lady Cardinals on her shoulders and carried Verdigris back to the the state tournament with the 53-40 win over No. 5 Tahlequah Sequoyah Friday night in the Area Championship at the Checotah Event Center.
CLASS 4A AREA TOURNEY: Stilwell advances to State
A jam-packed, vocal crowd — aided by the control of several Claremore Police officers — witnessed Stilwell’s come-from-behind 57-51 win over Harrah Saturday night in the must-win game of the Class 4A Area Tournament at the Claremore High School Gymnasium.
SOFTBALL: Arkansas cruises past Miss. Valley State
The University of Arkansas softball team completed an undefeated run through the Razorback Invitational Sunday afternoon win with a 13-5 victory over Mississippi Valley State at Bogle Park.
AAC WOMEN'S BB TOURNEY: No. 1 UConn routs No. 3 Louisville for title
New league, same result. It's another championship for UConn.
Breanna Stewart scored 20 points and top-ranked Connecticut beat No. 3 Louisville 72-52 on Monday night to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference tournament.
BIG 12 WOMEN'S BB TOURNEY: Sims leads Baylor to championship
Nothing was going to stop Odyssey Sims.
Not her early foul trouble, West Virginia's suffocating defense or the left ankle injury she suffered less than t wo minutes into the Big 12 championship game.
Sims, the Big 12 player of the year, bounced back and scored 15 of her 19 points in the second half to help No. 9 Baylor defeat No. 7 West Virginia 74-71 Monday night and earn an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. It was Sims' fourth championship in four years.
BIG 12 WOMEN'S BB: Kansas State fires coach Deb Patterson
Kansas State has fired women's basketball coach Deb Patterson, announcing the move two days after an opening-round loss in the Big 12 tournament.
NCAA MEN'S BB: Florida, Wichita State stay 1-2 in AP poll
Florida, which finished an unbeaten season in the Southeastern Conference, and Wichita State, which completed an undefeated regular season, are the top two teams in the AP college basketball poll for the third straight week.
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